Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), and the world's leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communications services, today announced at the Mobile Multimedia Messaging Content and Applications Congress in Amsterdam, the addition of its Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) Developer Suite to the Comverse Developer Zone
Comverse's MMS Developer Suite offers developers a complete set of resources needed to build, test and bring MMS applications to market quickly. Comverse's MMS Developer Suite provides easy-to-use yet powerful development tools, comprehensive documentation, extensive support services and valuable community resources. The Comverse MMS Software Development Kit (SDK) is an important facet of the MMS Developer Suite that facilitates the creation of MMS applications by eliminating the developer's need to master MMS protocols and technologies. The Comverse MMS SDK is designed to accelerate developers' time-to-market and reduce costs and development efforts. This will enable mobile operators to more rapidly introduce new and exciting MMS applications and services to subscribers that can increase average revenue per user (ARPU).
Benny Einhorn, Chief Marketing Officer for Comverse, stated, "Local content and applications are key drivers for MMS success. Comverse works closely with regional and local developers, putting special emphasis on cultural expression. Working at both the global and local levels allows Comverse - a global company with strong local presence and staff located around the world - to team up with the most innovative application and content providers."
"We are looking forward to optimise our MMS solutions with Comverse's SDK. The MMS Software Development Kits will allow us to enhance functionalities easily," said Christian Lutz, Chief Executive Officer at UCP, a leading MMS application developer.
"Developers will benefit with quick time-to-market and operators and end users will take advantage of the enhanced user experience created by the new MMS applications."
Comverse is already working with content providers and innovative application developers around the globe to deliver attractive MMS-based services, applications and content, including, Bug-Life, Corbis, M-web, m-Wise, UCP, Voxline, and 3DME. MMS developers working with Comverse enjoy the following advantages:
7 Develop Once, Connect Everywhere: Comverse's MMS SDK supports the most common standard MMS interface, SMTP-based MM7, to ensure interoperability with many operators.
7 Future Proof: Comverse's standards compliant Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)-based MM7 interface provides greater functionality than the current MM7 implementations and enables MMS applications to be fully interoperable with all MMSCs adhering to the MM7 standard interface. Further,
Comverse's interface is designed to ensure compatibility among applications.
7 Handset Independency: Developers can build content optimized for a variety of commercially available MMS terminals as well as test and see how their application/content is displayed on different MMS handsets. Applications can take full advantage of unique handset capabilities and also be optimized for special terminal characteristics. Comverse's SDK is complementary to other protocols such as WAP and application environments such as Java and BREW.
7 Marketing Support: Through its Spark AllianceSM Program, Comverse promotes certified applications developed by premier partners.
In addition to the MMS Developer Suite, Comverse offers Developer Suites for SMS, Fun-n-Games, VoiceXML and Mobile Portal. Developers from dozens of countries are currently participating in the Comverse Developer Program.
About the Comverse Spark Alliance
The Comverse Spark AllianceSM Program is a community of content and application developers, technology providers, infrastructure vendors and system integration companies brought together by Comverse that are dedicated to providing multi-access, multimodal and multimedia voice and data applications to network service providers. These applications add value to service providers' networks by increasing revenues, enhancing branding and reducing churn in current and next generation networks.
About UCP http://www.ucpag.com
UCP owns and runs two mobile Internet portals, www.uboot.com and www.sms.at. Both are community and messaging portals where most content is user generated. uboot now has 4 million users in the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. UCP is well funded and has over 120 staff in 5 countries. UCP also works with carriers and portals to deliver mobile entertainment, community and multimedia services to their customers. Recent projects include a ringtones and logos platform to one2one in the UK, deploying UCP's mobile photo community platform in a carrier's own portal, and building an entire mobile portal for a European new entrant 3G operator.
Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT) is the world's leading provider of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communications services. More than 390 wireless and wireline telecommunications network operators, in more than 100 countries, have selected Comverse's enhanced services systems and software, which enable the provision of revenue-generating value-added services including call answering with one-touch call return, short messaging services, IP-based unified messaging (voice, fax and email in a single mailbox), 2.5G/3G multimedia messaging (MMS), instant communications, wireless information and entertainment services, voice controlled dialing, messaging and browsing, prepaid wireless services, and additional personal communications services. Other Comverse Technology business units include: Verint Systems Inc., a leading provider of analytic solutions for communications interception, digital video security and surveillance, and enterprise business intelligence; and Ulticom, a leading provider of service-enabling network software for wireless, wireline, and Internet communications applications. Comverse Technology is an S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Index company.
For additional information, visit the Comverse web site at http://www.comverse.com
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